9th Circ.'s Spokeo Ruling Opens FCRA Floodgates

Law360, New York (February 6, 2014, 8:42 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit held Tuesday that plaintiffs do not need to allege actual injury to maintain class action claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a decision that attorneys expect will ignite a host of new suits because it offers consumers a simple way to sidestep typically ruinous harm hurdles.

Reversing a California federal judge's dismissal of Thomas Robins' suit against Pasadena-based Spokeo Inc. that the plaintiff claimed unlawfully published false information about him, the three-judge appellate panel held that the alleged violations of the plaintiffs'...
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